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Free Entrance and Tour of National Museum on June 17

On June 17, Iceland’s National Day, or Independence Day, entrance to the National Museum of Iceland will be free of charge, and guided tours will take place in several languages.

These include: a tour in English starting at 11 am, Polish at 12 pm, German at 1 pm, and for children in Icelandic of the Icelandic Silverwork exhibition at 2 pm .

In addition, a selection of orienteering games in several languages will take place, and in the two ‘Hands On’ rooms guests can experience history first trying on costumes, draw and read books among others.

The National Museum on Suðurgata 41. Photo by Páll Stefánsson.

The museum celebrates its 150th anniversary with a variety of exhibitions this year. An exhibition featuring the photographs of Sigfús Eymundsson is on display at the museum, as well as silver objects in Icelandic Silverwork exhibition.

On the third floor the A Part-Time Silversmith exhibition is running, and on the museum square an exhibition called Spider, celebrating the 100th anniversary of the Heimilisiðnaðarfélagið handicraft club, and an exhibition celebrating the centennial anniversary of the ‘Flag Incident’ can be observed, an event during which Icelander Einar Pétursson sailed with a white and blue flag instead of the Danish flag. Iceland was under Denmark’s rule until June 17 1944.


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